Ezra Pound, Ripostes of Ezra Pound

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Following the pattern established by his three immediately preceding collections Pound called this volume

Ripostes of Ezra Pound

. There is a playful distinction, I think, between this and the more obvious title format of “

Ripostes

by Ezra Pound”, just making possible the idea that this Ezra Pound is a fictive persona whose ripostes are compiled by some otherwise anonymous writer. Like those other collections,

Personae

,

Exultations

and

Canzoni

, this rather postmodern subtlety is lost in common titular usage.

Ripostes

was published in 1912 by Swift and Co., a firm which, despite going rather swiftly bankrupt, provided Pound with a fair, though temporary, reward for his efforts. The title page rather pompously heralds the inclusion of “The Complete Poetical Works Of T. E. Hulme”, a…

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Citation: Wilson, Peter. "Ripostes of Ezra Pound". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 September 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=2386, accessed 19 June 2024.]

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